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  SFGTV    [untitled]  

    November 22, 2012
    10:00 - 10:30pm PST  

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it is to help us address in the immediate our class of 2014 for this spring semester. i think you heard deputy superintendent lee describe our fiscal situation. and our task is how to deal in infrastructure and make up for the additional monies we have lost. like the 21st century monies and to be sure that there are opportunities for the students. and that's part of our task. and appealing for the funds and identifying others. >> the way that i look at it from my perspective of working intimately with our high schools. we passed a new graduation requirement that we believe in and want to be sure that our students have the opportunities. they make a choice whether they go to a uc system or different. we are not making that for them
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by limiting their course options. at the same time after we did that, there was this giant deficit we felt through the city -- through the state. then it was how we implement these new requirements while we experience these cuts. so school sites experienced it because they got less money than they had before. and why you heard some going from a seven to six-period day to make those choices to support their core program. they have all done these different cuts. and then we had the additional hit of what happened from the state with the after-school fund. because we weren't anticipating that. >> right. >> and i think that the school district eliminated evening schools that we still had that safety net. now we have an awareness and responsibility to reallocate and
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reprioritize in this new budgeting cycle. to be sure that we are meeting the needs of the students for graduation in the school district. i am not in a position to say 2.7 but to meet the needs. >> this may be a question more to young or the superintendent. which is to say that what we see before us is a supplemental request for $2.7 million. to provide additional funding so kids can catch up on credits and to do evening programs and after-school programs. and a host of other support areas. and that's what the request sounds to me. the two big questions i have, and this is for the superintendent is to say what is the school district's long-term plans for this, if this is
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indeed a priority? and to go backwards is this the school district's priority. we have a lot of requests from organizations that have received funding requests. and we are potential receiving sequestration cuts from the government. and the city has a desire to keep our reserves to deal with some unexpected issues. the concern i have, if the idea is that the city will continue to back-fill this year in and out. that's going to be a significant issue and problem. that's an expense that we don't have as a city. and the second issue, in terms of the funding, you had at the school district $50 million at the end of last year. $26 million in reserve you expect at the end of this current fiscal year. and $15 you need to keep in. if this is a priority why haven't the school board and
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district use that funding for this one-time purpose? as an individual who is watching for the city's funding. that's my concern. and a big question i have for the school district to answer. i don't expect you to answer the question but a response from the district. >> what i can say to the first point, we look at the funds and because of these unexpected cuts and because this class is the first graduating class. we look at this as a boost for the current students to graduate. the opportunities that opportunities before them had. and then in the meantime while we have this boost. then the school district needs to reevaluate its budget through the current fiscal year to prioritize you know our graduation requirements and reallocate the funding that they
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lot of. especially from the after-school programs. and that's where we are. that commitment to reallocate and make sure that the funds match the priority which is very much the graduation requirements. >> i appreciate that, and i think that school board member has something to add. >> thank you, that's a valid question and a good question. no, we are not asking the city to back-fill again on this really important issue. i think what happened, you heard that we implemented a higher graduation standard. and then we were cut $77 million. i just want to assure you that we have appealed for our 21st century after-school funds. that appeal was denied this year, though we will appeal again. you are right we will have to make budget cuts that will serve these students next year.
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we don't expect to have these types of numbers in the coming year. we are instituting early warning benchmarks and assessments and indicators to show us where students are on track. we are learning actually from these two classes the supports that we eliminated during our budget crisis need to be reinstated. i think this budget, the next two-year cycle will look very different. knowing we have to budget for these students. as you know a-g when we voted in, in 2009. with high hopes that most students could meet this. but this meant also professional development for the teachers that were not used to teaching a lot of students chemistry. we for a long time gave students integrated science instead of chemist chemistry. as support you will not see
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these numbers again. and you be assured that we are not going to see these large numbers of students on track not to graduate. and we have made special accommodations for the english learners and they will be given extra opportunity so they can complete some of the courses. and have time to do the course work. we have been learning here. it's been a very hard lesson. we realize that we threw a lot of students under the bus, when we decided to cut summer school. not a decision that i voted in favor of. i thought it was not the right vote but i am one vote on the board. we know these are things that we have institute. the afterschool funding was crucial. the cut of it was criminal for the state to do that for us.
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we reach a lot of students during the summer school and in this after-school programming. we realize that it looks like it's a back-fill. and it looks as though we will come to you every year. but i want to assure you we have systems in place. we will not see these high numbers again. i think that all members at the school system were shocked to see these high numbers. we knew some students were not achieving but not in a year-and-a-half see 2,000 students not on track. and we know that education is a social responsibility for all of san francisco. that's why today we come to you with this request. we believe that high school graduation is the one determining factor for violence prevention in this city. and it's also who determines who will live here and raise a
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viable family in the 21st century. this is an opportunity that we reach out to you for these students, without your funding they will not graduate in the year 2014. deputy superintendent is here to answer any questions. >> okay, and then the other question i had, thank you very much for setting that background for us, i think that's helpful. the other question, given the fact that the school district has at the end of last year $50 million in reserves. and only $15 million is required to stay in the reserves. and knowing that at the end of this year you plan on $26 million in reserves. why at this time do you not allocate part of your reserves? >> part of our multi-planning at the end of next year we look at $59 million deficit.
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these cuts have taken a toll on the districts ability to meet its core mission and offer these additional sessions for this class. so we have to engage in another development budget cycle now that we have started early. but unable to upfront make that investment at this point. and why we are here now. >> but why would that be? i want to understand this. if you ask us to prioritize and pull our reserves for a cause we care about. why won't you put money into this cause. i guess i am asking this commitment that this school has. and we all see something in the future that we may have to make cuts for. >> right.
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>> i think that as bad the cuts have been and what i appreciate about meyung, though we have had to have furlough days we haven't had the numbers that other districts have had to have. and part of that is looking ahead to say if, we didn't have that for the next two years to use, we would then have to have furlough days that would limit our time as we are. as part of it from hearing him explain this across to the principals as well too. that when you look at out a three-year budget cycle what he's done is say, we need this amount to supplement, to even keep schools open for the number of days versus cutting. instead of having 1.5 furlough days this year, versus 10 furlough days like other districts. where i know a bunch of that is,
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but more details beyond that. >> thank you. >> thank you for your time and i want to see if anything you didn't cover in the presentation. >> i want to be sure in terms of our commitment to accountability. we have set dates when we could come back in progress in terms of student's grades aligned to the grading calendar. but happy to come back any time, monthly, like we do with our own school board with progress reports of number of students enrolled in classes and those types of things. and you see on the accountability slide. and those are the dates and we have grades in our system from the semester and the summer
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school. >> thank you. >> and the final slide is very important. because we look the at our past data and set performance metrics. and you see the numbers and the goals we have for those students based on prior expectations and what we have in terms of opportunities for students with credit recovery. you see what we expect in terms of holding ourselves accountable in reaching those targets. >> thank you very much, go you want to add something? >> yes, deputy superintendent lee is here now and very versed on our budget. >> this is the question we had earlier. i think it's a pretty simple one. i think one of the answers was given by your school board member who talked about the fact this is a one-time request. so she's answered that question. that was a question about the
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sustainability moving forward. the second question is if this is a school district top priority, and if it is, why doesn't the school district utilize those reserves to use for this. you are asking the city to tap into our reserves and we will be faced with sequestration and child care and we have competing needs. if you are asking the city to put in reserves to pay for this very worthy cause. that i think that the school district is saying is a priority. why won't the school district put in reserves as well? >> thank you, sorry i had to be out of chambers for a moment. but we have a significant priority on a-g. and hope everything you have heard from the sfusd team
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reinforces that. we have the 2014 group front and center in priorities in every respect and including funding. we have set aside funds in the 12-13 budget to help meet these targets. we can give you a report on the debatails of that. and in addition we think that in the coming years we will re-examining our budget for 13-14 and beyond to make sure we maintain the critical investments. i will say that one of the events which i think you have heard about is the loss of 21st century funds did come at a relatively late stage in this process. so the 21st century community learning federal grant which had been in place in eight schools. and several larger high schools that lost the grants are at risk
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not having after-school programs and including credit recovery offerings for the students. that came quite late. so we didn't have that knowledge in hand when we developed our budget for fy-12-13, and we will have to incorporate that plans going forward. we have a continuing budget deficit. so it's difficult to convey the concern that we have about the fact that we have $24-30 million in the next two years as a structural imbalance between our revenues and expenses. so this reserve it is true, we do have in excess of the 2% reserves that we are required to forestall state intervention. at the moment that is not going to be the case unless we make additional expenditure cuts. in that context it becomes challengeing to set aside
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additional funds on the spot. but in the future we have to invest in funds of a-g priority going forward. >> thank you, i think that the question is still outstanding about why the school district couldn't use the reserves. i understand the multi-year problem you face. i think that many jurisdictions do as well. but it feels not quite right that the school district is not putting in money to solve the problem, if the priority is there. and i am not hearing an answer as to why that can't be done. >> as i said, we can provide you a full report of investments we are making out of district resources. i hope we don't leave you with the impression that we are not investing district resources towards students meeting the a-g. >> that's not the concern that
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the school district is not putting in funds for the a-g requirements. but after this year you plan to have a $26 million reserve in excess of 2% requirement. and well is some funding left to tap into this issue if it's that big of a priority. and the question is why don't you, and maybe that's not an answer that you can answer at this moment. but it's something they am interested to hear about. supervisor kim you wanted to open the floor for public comment. >> yes. >> i will turn the cards over to you. >> i am not sure who is still here, unfortunately, i know many parents had to pick up their children. i will call you in the order on the card list. i have paul rodriguez. litto marises and maria hudson.
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and kevin bogus and betty cowl. if there are members of the public that urgently need to leave, if people can let them speak first, that would be great. >> [speaking foreign language]
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[translator] this is mrs. layas and she's a parent of cleveland elementary and she's in support of giving funds over to the school district in reference of us, members of coleman, it's particularly alarming that school district students in san francisco are off track to graduation. and a disproportionate number of
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them from her community and hopes this can be fixed so when her children go to high school they don't have to face the same problems. thank you. >> [speaking foreign language]
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>> translator: she's alerting you guys to the cuts in the budget in the past years that have completely broken down our system. particularly in credit recovery, and in night school and in summer school. and only a few summer school options have been left open thanks to the mayor. and her greatest worry is if we expect high expectations for the children and don't couple that with the support they need, we are really failing them. thank you. >> hello, thank you for attention to this matter.
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i am paul rodriguez and here for the san francisco youth commission. part of the reason we support this is because we feel that securing these additional funds to expand credit recovery options is extremely important. a lot of students affected by this issue are those of students are color. these are students most at risk not that graduate and we need work to be sure that we provide the adequate support. which is something that we feel is not met to this extent. that's why we are enthusiastically supporting this. and you need work for the students, this is a short fix, and we know that closing the achievement gap is not something that we can throw money at and solve.
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and working with early indicators and working with the parents and the students is something to work with. we fully back this proposal and we think that the a-g requirement is a sound policy. but in order for it to meet its promise and capacity you need the adequate support to carry it forward. >> thank you. >> good afternoon, i am a member of excelsior and bay hunt community. the school board and the district took a bold step to align the district high school requirements with the requirements for the uc system. and this said to the state that
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san francisco is serious about the requirements of the district. the realistic issues that came with this change, when standards are changed and raised, we have the responsibility to be sure that all students are supported to meet those standards. that is why credit recovery is such a crucial piece of the promise that the city made to their youth. the success and college access and career readiness for all students. the promise is tenacious due to the deep cuts. and securing credit recovery for the students is a necessary step in fulfilling our promise. we are aware that we live in challenging sometimes and mun municipalities across the state are tackling issues.
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this appropriation is an investment in our youth and as a youth worker and advocate for all students, i humbly ask you to support our students and approve. >> miguel, you are in another set of speaker cards. i will call other speaker cards remaining. monica florez mrs. yong. rene antavares. please approach the mic. >> hello, i am the education advocate for chinese education. and i work with a lot of chinese families with english learners. and the data shows that 69% of english learners in 11th grade
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are missing requirements or off track to graduate in 2014. and that's overwhelming over 500 student. and because of the additional english classes the students have to take. they are unable to fulfill the requirements and therefore they need the additional funding for the credits. the families need the guidance for the necessary requirements to graduate and apply for college. we are here to ask for the committee to support this supplementation for credit recovery and for the resources for class 2014. so that all students get the necessary resources and opportunities to graduate. >> thank you.
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>> good afternoon, i am kevin bogus and i work with advocates for children youth. you am here to speak on behalf of families and youth in san francisco. we are in a crisis where close to 50% of the students that are juniors in our high school are preparing not to graduate on time. and possibly fail out of school and not complete their education. as a city we have a responsibility to make sure that these students get every opportunity and chance they can to get their diplomas and graduate with their classmates and be productive citizens to the city of san francisco. i appreciate the difficult questions you are asking of the school district regarding their reserves and how they allocate the funds and use this money in
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the future. we appreciate that role in the process. but we don't want your concerns and questions to prevent you from supporting this. but it's important that the students know they are supported by the representatives in the city and on the board of supervisors. so they know that we all care that they graduate and have an opportunity to go to college and be successful. we ask that you today support the $2.7 million for the school district to make sure that these students have an opportunity to graduate. >> thank you. >> good afternoon, i am ken tray, from the united educators of those that work in the classrooms. we are here to speak in favor of the 2.7 million for the schools. having said that we appreciate the